If you're new to the Converse Rubber Tracks situation, let us sum it up for you: Later this month, a shoe company is going to give local musicians studio time. For free.
It's already happened in New York, L.A., Austin, and Toronto. Now Converse is bringing the odd mix of branding and philanthropy ( ... More >>
The San Francisco Medical Examiner's Office this morning said it was 46-year-old Ross Ehlinger who died on Sunday during the city's popular Escape From Alcatraz triathlon, marking the first death in the history of the annual event.
The Austin resident reportedly died less than a minute after he ju ... More >>
A little bit of thinking ahead is useful to plan your experience at tomorrow's (Aug. 18) fourth annual San Francisco Street Food Festival, which takes place in the Mission District on Folsom Street from 20th to 26th Streets, 21st and 25th Streets from Treat to Shotwell Streets, and the Cesar Chavez ... More >>
Your college experience might have comprised of beer bongs and waking up in unknown places, but for Realboy members Austin Jacobsen and Daniel Gomez, it went something along the lines of opening for acts like Dada Life and starting a record label. Still toddlers when rave culture began to tak ... More >>
Ah, March. Music fiends flock to Austin. Men become obsessed with watching other men (who are still in college) flail wildly while trying to stuff an orange ball into a tiny hoop. And Bay Area rappers turn into glad-handing politicians, littering their Facebook pages and Twitter feeds with pleas, ... More >>
Didn't we meet at the tuxedo rental place?
Meanwhile, in one of the six or seven other places in the world that is not Tokyo or Austin, Gustavo Turner of our sister rag LA Weekly went to the "vast wasteland of poverty" that is Detroit to kick it with the Insane Clown Posse, who've been wearing ma ... More >>
2010 continued 2009's heavy schedule of reissues, with release of spruced-up editions of Exile on Main St. and the Apple Records catalog being flogged as mainstream news items. Geezer rockers of course take this as definitive proof that today's music sucks. Premature post-postmods like Patton Oswal ... More >>
Edible Office/FlickrA few of my favorite blog posts from the week:1. As anyone who's hit Portland or Austin's food-cart strips knows, the appeal of a street-food vendor's single-subject approach is amplified ― exponentially ― when a passel of carts come together. Matt Cohen, La Cocina, and ... More >>
Drawn together by a shared loved of rock, soul, and country's most dynamic voices (James Brown, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan), The Ferocious Few decided to take its stripped-down bluesy rock to the streets. Literally. "Our very first show was on the corner of O'Farrell and Powell," says singer-guitaris ... More >>
We were about to head towards the Bigg Digg Shindigg at SXSWi last night when we saw the New York Times' Jenny 8 Lee report on Twitter that Conan O' Brien had joined the Revision 3 line-up, as well as the Live Diggnation telecast at the Austin event.While it captured public (and our) imagin ... More >>
Barry McGee, part of the PAPER! AWESOME! show Sat. at Baer Ridgway Whether you're craving ice cream and beats, grilled cheese and books, drone and dive bar basements, or poppy garage and Grace Cathedral, there's lots of cheap combo options for entertainment this weekend. And that's not evening me ... More >>
White Denim @ the Independent
The mish-mash of musical styles on White Denim's new album, Fits -- or on last year's debut, Explosion, and a handful of prior EPs and singles -- meshes surprisingly well. Perhaps the trio isn't actually from Austin, but another planet entirely, where alien technolo ... More >>
BaldoI've been really digging Austin garage punks Hex Dispensers for a while now. Their gothic Ramones sound comprises traces of the Wipers and a perverted fascination with criminal behavior. The group's debut, self-titled album was infested with lover -assassins, television-haunting ghosts, and ars ... More >>
Nick Tangborn, the lumberjack-tall, ever-friendly guy behind the Jackpine Social Club label, is moving on to Austin next month. Tangborn is a steadfast supporter of many a local songwriter, releasing early Kelley Stoltz music on Jackpine as well as albums by indie pop, folk, and rock acts ranging fr ... More >>
Two years ago at SXSW, dynamic lesbian hip-hop group Yo! Majesty blew away everyone crammed around them at the Beauty Bar. They were fierce on the mike, sharp with the insults, funny with the comebacks, and unafraid to slap a dude trying to cop a feel of their flesh. My gut was that these ladies wer ... More >>
Arty Texas post-hardcore band ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead has a new album, The Century of Self *, due out in February. The group'll also be hitting the asphalt for a national tour, which finds its way into Slim's on Monday, March 16; tickets cost $18 and go on sale this Sunday, Jan ... More >>